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Welcome Randy Hyvonen - our new Interim Conference M. 



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Welcome Randy Hyvonen - our new Interim Conference 
Minister! 



Randy is a native of IVIontana and has spent most of his life 
in the IVIidwest and Northwest, except for time at Vanderbilt 
Divinity School in Nashville. He and his wife, Karen, will settle 
into temporary quarters in Atlanta after celebrating the 95th 
birthday of Karen's father in Seattle. Randy will start work in 
the Conference on July 24. (Actually, he's already meeting 
with staff and handling some urgent business by telephone.) 
He already has plans to visit our new church start in 
Pensacola his first weekend "on the job." 

Please join with the Board and me in welcoming Randy to 
the diversity, charm, and energy of the Southeast 
Conference. 

- Jim Crabb, Moderator of the Southeast Conference 




Rev. Hyvonen has the following message to all of us in the Southeast Conference: 



I'm very pleased to be called to serve as your interim Conference Minister until you call 
a DesignatedConference Minister. Having attended Vanderbilt Divinity School from 



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1969-1973, I feel that in coming to serve among you I am also reconnecting with parts 
of my own faith journey (and family history - the first of our 3 children was born in 
Nashville). And I feel additional ties with you: your previous Conference Minister, the 
late Roger Knight, succeeded me as the pastor of the inner city church I served for 1 
years in Cleveland, then retired to Uplands, where Karen and I have additional friends 
we've come to know over my years of ministry in the wider UCC. 
I hope that my experience of diverse ministries over large geographies will be 
beneficial for you as we "bridge the gap" together. And I trust that as we work 
together, God will call us not only to uphold all that has been good about your history 
but also to grow in new ways! 
- Randy 



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